We’ve wrapped up the Americas (part 1 of our RTW bucket list) and are ready to make our continent jump to Asia. A transpacific cruise will enable our cultural shift as we dive head first into Japanese and Thai cuisine, before donning our hiking boots one more time for a Himalayan trek, and finally immersing ourselves in the exotic Indian and Sri Lankan culture. Here is our bucket list for Asia.
15. Sail the Bering Sea to Japan
After roughing it for six months, we’ll be taking a little break from our backpacker life. We found a cruise deal that’ll take us from Vancouver to Tokyo for just US$70 per night, where we’ll enjoy all inclusive meals and pampered living for two weeks – that’s cheaper than backpacking! See our blog post.
16. Japan: Grand Prix and gyoza
Ah Japan. Where our love of fast cars and good cuisine collide in the perfect matrimony. We’re looking forward to gorging our faces with ramen and gyoza, and getting our adrenaline pumping at the Japan F1 Grand Prix (7-9 October).
17. Northern Thailand: Learn to cook an authentic dish in Chiang Mai
Northern Thailand is known for having the best traditional cuisine in the country. We can’t wait to visit the floating markets, try our hand at cooking an authentic dish, and learn about the rich culture that defines Thai cuisine.
18. Nepal: Set foot on The Himalayas
This perfect introduction to Nepal combines a short, highly scenic trek through the Himalayan foothills of the Annapurna region, passing through traditional Hindu villages and pristine forests to ridgetop camps that offer remarkable views.
19. India: Experience an Indian wedding
Always wanted to don a sari, wear henna and dance to some Bollywood music? What better way to experience the culture than through an Indian wedding. This once in a lifetime, immersive experience will give us a glimpse into the traditions and customs that create three days of festivities.
20. Sri Lanka: Take a visit to an elephant orphanage
Take a visit to Sri Lanka’s ethically run sanctuary for orphaned elephants. Here we will experience the majestic beauty of the elephants as they are nurtured back to health without the threat of human or natural forces.